Are You Ready For This?

Almost three years ago one of my closest friends was declared cancer free.  She’s just over a month older than me and at 29 years old she was told she had breast cancer.

I didn’t really know a lot about cancer before this time.

I mean, I knew there were different types of cancer.  I knew that chemotherapy and radiation were used to treat the disease.  I knew there were different stages in cancer.

But I didn’t really know anything about it.

Like I didn’t know that because of choosing to treat the cancer aggressively that this decision would leave my friend unable to have children.

It’s one thing when you get to make the decision, but it’s entirely another story when the decision is made for you.

Not long before her diagnosis she had met a guy that I thought was a pretty cool guy.

I love it when I’m right.

Cathy and Matt have a beautiful story.  It’s one of those stories you can listen to over and over and over again and it never gets old.  Since she was so young at the time of her diagnosis, the doctors thought it would be best if they treated it aggressively as possible so she could have a long and full life ahead of her.  At this time Cathy and Matt were just dating, but they’d been dating for a while.  I thought he was perfect for her, and so did she.

But she was diagnosed with cancer.  If he were going to do it, this would be the time for him to run.  But he didn’t.  He stayed.  And not only did he stay, he decided to let Cathy know that he was in it for the long-haul.  So on the day she shaved her head so it wouldn’t be so traumatic when it fell out due to chemo treatments, he pulled out a ring and asked her to marry him.

Yes.  It’s okay  if you’re crying now.

So since almost the beginning of their relationship they’ve known that if they wanted to bring children into their marriage, they would have to adopt.  And while they’ve been saving diligently since that time, adoption is way more expensive than I would have ever thought.

So here’s where we come in.

Cathy and Matt have been green-lighted.  They’ve passed all their home studies.  They’ve filed all their paperwork.  They’re now just waiting for the phone call.  Once a birth mom chooses Cathy and Matt, they have to go to wherever the family is and pay the agency a large chunk of money.  This is the money that will pay for the medical and living expenses for the birth mother, legal fees, travel fees, agency fees, et cetera.

Seriously.  These two are awesome.  During the time of the treatments Cathy and Matt planned a wedding, and Cathy finished her Master’s degree.  I’ve never known two more determined and focused people.  I would love to have played a part in helping them raise money for their adoption expenses.  So here’s what I want to share with you.

I’d like for us to help here at Run With The Big Girls. 

So that is why I’m going to be hosting what I hope will be the first of an annual 5K.  But this isn’t going to be just any 5K.  This is going to be a virtual 5K.  That means you can run it from anywhere at any time during a certain time and I don’t care if you run, walk or crawl.  As long as you go 3.1 miles, you’re awesome.  And while I’m ironing out all of the details, we’re looking for some time in the first part of July.

So here’s the deal.  You’ve got almost 9 weeks before this 5K.  That’s long enough to finish or almost finish the Couch to 5K plan.   I believe in this plan.  This is the plan that I started running with, and I believe it’s one of the most-recommended plans for beginning runners.  I’m actually starting it over this summer to work on speeding up my time.  I’d like to be able to finish a 5K in around 30 minutes by the end of summer.

So that’s the deal.  I’ve got a friend designing T-shirts, and I’m hoping to have more details worked out by Thursday’s post, but I wanted to let you know that you should start training now!

If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPod, you should download this app called Ease into 5K.  It’s well worth the $2.99.  You can upload your own music.  It’s got a GPS tracker to map your runs.  It times your walk time and your run time.  It’s just pretty fantastic!

So now I’m going to ask you again.

Are you ready for this?

  • Judy Mosley

    I’ll do it! My first 5k.  Sweet!!! Details, girl, I need details!!

    • Julie Shreve

      Awesome!  Coming Thursday!  Just start running :)

    • Julie Shreve

      By the way, you’re running representing Kentucky!!  Woot!  

      • Judy Mosley

        This. is. awesome.

  • Maria Boerngen

    As long as walking is acceptable, count me in!  I’ll look for more details when we get back from vacation!

    • Julie Shreve

      Run, walk or crawl!  All are welcome!  Thanks so much, Maria!

  • Michelle Bunting

    I’m in!! I think this is really cool and would love to help Matt and Cathy!

    • Julie Shreve

      Thanks, Michelle!  Albuquerque representing!!!  

  • Corapara

    Okay, Texas is in!  What an awesome idea!  I do not have an iphone(nor do I intend to get one), but if I can depend on my friend Mary to keep me posted, that would be great!  Best wishes to this incredible young couple.  I am going to forward this to a couple of my walking buddies!  Thanks for including me.  Of course, I will be walking;  my running days are over!  tx.

    • Julie Shreve

      Thank you so much!  Texas is in the house, ya’ll!!!

  • Bethany Meeks

    I’m super pumped for this.

    • Julie Shreve


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